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In MemoriamMaximilian Aue

Professor Maximilian Aue, a longtime German studies professor who founded the acclaimed Emory in Vienna study abroad program forty years ago, died Aug. 6 from injuries sustained during a vehicular accident.

Professor Aue, who was 69, joined Emory's Department of German Studies in 1968. He served as both an associate professor of German and director of graduate studies in the Department of Comparative Literature. During his 44-year career at Emory, Professor Aue taught thousands of German students at every level of proficiency and we will remember him as a kind, caring colleague and generous teacher.


Maximilian Aue joined the Emory German Department in 1968. He received his Ph.D. in German from Stanford University in 1973. He has been awarded two University Research Committee Grants and one ACLS Travel Grant.

He recently completed his book entitled "An der Schwelle zur Utopie: Zur Neugestaltung des Venedigbilds in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts" ("At Utopia's Threshold: The Reinvention of Venice in German Literature and Thought in the Twentieth Century"). In it he shows that, particularly during the various crises of the twentieth century, Venice was no longer portrayed as a place of romance, decay and death - as it had been throughout the 19th century and the fin de siècle - but rather as a utopian space in which critical cultural concerns could be addressed with a view toward proposing new solutions for them.

Aue has published in a variety of journals such as Modern Language Notes, Modern Austrian Literature, Sprachkunst, Protokolle and Musil-Forum. He has also done a number of translations, primarily of German philosophical texts.

Aue's research interests were: Twentieth century and contemporary German literature with particular emphasis on Robert Musil; the literature of German Romanticism; the cultural productions of the Austrian fin de siècle.

Aue was an Associated Faculty member of the Department of Comparative Literature.


"Inszenierte Absichtslosigkeit: Zur Funktion des Furlani in Hugo von Hofmannsthals Der Schwierige" ("A Staged Lack of Premeditation: The role of Furlani in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's The Difficult Man"). Forthcoming in Christophe Fricker et al. (ed.), Hofmannsthal's "Der Schwierige", München: Iudicium, 2010.

Wilhelm Dilthey, "Beiträge zur Lösung der Frage vom Ursprung unseres Glaubens an die Realität der Außenwelt und ihrem Recht." ("The Origin of Our Belief in the Reality of the External World and its Justification".) In: Rudolph A. Makkreel and Frithjof Rodi (eds.), Wilhelm Dilthey: Selected Works, Volume II: Understanding the Human World, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010, pp. 8-57 (Translator).  

"'Pandämonium verschiedener Formen des Wahns'? Vom Wahnsinn und seinen Grenzen in Robert Musils Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften." ("'A Pandaemonium of Various Forms of Insanity'? On Insanity and its Limitations in Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities.") In: Primus-Heinz Kucher (ed.), Literatur und Kultur im Österreich der Zwanziger Jahre: Vorschläge zu einem transdisziplinären Epochenprofil, Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2006, pp. 135-144.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Big Typescript: TS 213, German-English Scholar's Edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 2005 (Translator and Editor).